Lorinda Coombs, PhD, CNS, FNP-BC, AOCNP
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, Campus Box #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460
Dr. Coombs earned her PhD at the University of California San Francisco in 2018 and completed a NIH T32-supported postdoctoral fellowship in Interdisciplinary Training in Cancer, Caregiving & End-of-Life Care (T32NR013456) at the College of Nursing, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. She is new faculty at the School of Nursing with a dual appointment at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Coombs current research is in treatment decision making for older adults with cancer and values assessment.
Her current research funding is from the American Nurses Foundation with a grant for “Treatment Decision Making in Older Adults with Cancer: Measuring the Impact of Symptom Burden, Functional Status and Patient/Provider Communication”.
Dr. Coombs is active clinically and is an experienced hematology/oncology nurse practitioner with 17 years of experience across hematologic and solid malignancies.
Prior to earning her PhD and postdoctoral study, Dr. Coombs completed a post-master’s Family Nurse Practitioner at University of California Los Angeles School of Nursing, Los Angeles, CA in 2003 and practiced as the first hematology nurse practitioner at Kaiser Permanente, her previous clinical positions included hematology/oncology nurse practitioner at San Francisco General Hospital and Stanford Cancer Center in California. She also taught quantitative measurement, advanced health assessment and research scholarship to graduate students at UCSF. She is very invested in social justice and equity issues, especially around educational opportunities.
Coombs L, Orlando A, Wang W, Shaw P, Rich A, Lakhtakia S, Titchener K, Adamson B, Miksad R, Mooney K. (2021) Evaluation and deployment of a machine learning tool to support clinician assessment of patient risk for an adverse clinical event: A framework and oncology use case example, Nature NPJ Digital Medicine (Accepted for publication 4/11/2022)
Whisenant M, Coombs L, Wilson C, Mooney K. (2021) Symptom-related patient-provider communication among women with breast cancer receiving chemotherapy, European Journal of Oncology Nursing: December; 55: 102064.doi: 10.1016/j.ejon.2021.102064. Epub 2021 Nov 14. PMID: 34800823.
Titchener K, Coombs L, Dumas K, Beck A, Ward J, Mooney K. (2021) Establishing an Oncology Hospital at Home: Huntsman at Home Program Model, NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Healthcare Delivery: Vol 2;(11), doi:10.1056/CAT.21.0248.
Mooney K, Titchener K, Haaland B, Coombs L, O’Neil B, Nelson R, McPherson J, Kirchoff A, Beck A, Ward J. (2021) Evaluation of Oncology Hospital at Home: Unplanned Health Care Utilization and Costs in the Huntsman at Home Real-World Trial, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Published online May 17, 2021, DOI: 10.1200/JCO.20.03609 PMID: 33999660
Hebdon M, Coombs LA, Reed P, Crane TE, Badger TA (2021) Self-Efficacy in Caregivers of Adults Diagnosed with Cancer: An Integrative Review, European Journal of Oncology Nursing, Jun; 52:101933. PMID: 33799022 doi: 10.1016/j.ejon.2021.101933
Coombs LA, Ellington L, Fagerlin A, Mooney K (2020) Age is Not a Barrier: Older Adults with Cancer Derive Similar Benefit in a Randomized Controlled Trial of a Remote Symptom Monitoring Intervention Compared with Younger Adults, Cancer Control, Jan-Dec 2020;27(1): 1073274820968878 doi: 10.1177/1073274820968878